2010 Oakland Raiders Season: Does Raider Nation Believe In Moral Victories?

NFL players, coaches and experts say there are no such things as moral victories.  As an Oakland Raiders fan, I disagree.  I know a playoff berth is what we all long for, but the 2010 season gave fans more victories than they have had in a long time and yes, a lot of those were moral victories.

For the purpose of this article, I'm going to lump all of the moral victories into one.

If Raiders fans have anything at all to boast about following the 2010 season, it's the fact that we swept the AFC West. Yes, the Raiders were the first team to sweep the division and not make the playoffs, but Raiders fans will still revel in the fact that they beat their most hated rivals


The way that the Raiders won some of those games makes it that much more special for the fans. 

The first victory came against the San Diego Chargers in Oakland. It was an up and down game that started with the Raiders scoring points on two blocked punts to take an early lead. The Chargers seemed to get their legs back and Phillip Rivers and Malcom Floyd had huge games and the Chargers eventually recaptured the lead. A late fourth quarter touchdown by Michael Bush gave the lead back to the silver and black and a forced fumble by Michael Huff that Tyvon Blanch returned for a touchdown sealed the deal.  The win also snapped a thirteen game losing streak against San Diego which removed a huge monkey of their back.

The second game against the Bolts was much more lopsided than the first with the running game pounding their way to a 28-13 victory in San Diego. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush combined for 192 yards and a touchdown a piece.

The second Charger win was sweet because it snapped their December winning streak. .       

Sweeping the Chargers was, by far , the most satisfying for me, but there we...

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